The table below looks at the statistics for Security Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Security Testing over the 3 months to 30 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Security Testing
Rank 126 120 115
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -5
Contract jobs citing Security Testing 6 1 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.19% 0.037% 0.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.26% 0.051% 0.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 6
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£303 £405 £510
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.30% -20.58%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £438
% change year-on-year
+2.73% -16.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £9.50 -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2321 1944 1719
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 73.80% 72.84% 66.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 1383 991 928
Average daily rate £375 £363 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +7.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 97 78
Average hourly rate £27.00 £33.00 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.18% +53.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.32
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -12.19%

Security Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Security Testing across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Security Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Security Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Security Testing across the North West region.

Security Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Security Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Security Testing across the North West region.

Security Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Security Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Security Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 January 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester - 3 £330 - 8
Lancashire - 1 £275 -
Cheshire - - - - 1
Security Testing
England

Security Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Security Testing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Security Testing.

1 3 (37.50%) Finance
1 3 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (37.50%) Information Assurance
1 3 (37.50%) Software Testing
2 2 (25.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (25.00%) Open Source
2 2 (25.00%) ISTQB
2 2 (25.00%) Selenium
2 2 (25.00%) Banking
2 2 (25.00%) Retail
3 1 (12.50%) Change Management
3 1 (12.50%) Penetration Testing
3 1 (12.50%) Ruby
3 1 (12.50%) Actimize
3 1 (12.50%) VMware
3 1 (12.50%) Backup Exec
3 1 (12.50%) Business Continuity
3 1 (12.50%) Information Security
3 1 (12.50%) ITIL
3 1 (12.50%) Windows
3 1 (12.50%) Linux
3 1 (12.50%) MS Excel
3 1 (12.50%) MS Exchange
3 1 (12.50%) SLA
3 1 (12.50%) Microsoft
3 1 (12.50%) Active Directory
3 1 (12.50%) HP
3 1 (12.50%) Dell
3 1 (12.50%) Citrix
3 1 (12.50%) CISSP

Security Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Security Testing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Security Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (12.50%) MS Exchange
1 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (12.50%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 1 (12.50%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (12.50%) SAN
1 1 (12.50%) iSCSI
Development Applications
1 2 (25.00%) Selenium
2 1 (12.50%) JIRA
2 1 (12.50%) Sahi
2 1 (12.50%) RSpec
2 1 (12.50%) WebDriver
2 1 (12.50%) Cucumber
2 1 (12.50%) Selenium IDE
General
1 3 (37.50%) Finance
2 2 (25.00%) Banking
2 2 (25.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 2 (25.00%) Test Leader
1 2 (25.00%) Architect
1 2 (25.00%) Developer
1 2 (25.00%) Analyst
1 2 (25.00%) Test Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) Consultant
2 1 (12.50%) Systems Administrator
2 1 (12.50%) Security Consultant
2 1 (12.50%) Administrator
2 1 (12.50%) Senior Systems Administrator
2 1 (12.50%) Information Security Consultant
2 1 (12.50%) Automation Test Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) Automation Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) Automated Test Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 2 (25.00%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 1 (12.50%) Windows
1 1 (12.50%) Linux
1 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2003
1 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (37.50%) Information Assurance
1 3 (37.50%) Software Testing
2 1 (12.50%) Change Management
2 1 (12.50%) Penetration Testing
2 1 (12.50%) Business Continuity
2 1 (12.50%) Information Security
2 1 (12.50%) ITIL
2 1 (12.50%) Load Testing
2 1 (12.50%) Project Planning
2 1 (12.50%) BDD
2 1 (12.50%) Incident Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (12.50%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 2 (25.00%) ISTQB
2 1 (12.50%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) SLA
1 1 (12.50%) FATCA
System Software
1 1 (12.50%) Active Directory
1 1 (12.50%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (12.50%) Microsoft Virtual Server
1 1 (12.50%) XenApp
1 1 (12.50%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 1 (12.50%) Backup Exec
1 1 (12.50%) XenMobile
Vendors
1 1 (12.50%) Actimize
1 1 (12.50%) VMware
1 1 (12.50%) Microsoft
1 1 (12.50%) HP
1 1 (12.50%) Dell
1 1 (12.50%) Citrix
1 1 (12.50%) NetApp
1 1 (12.50%) McAfee
1 1 (12.50%) Sophos
1 1 (12.50%) Veeam